1st Louisiana Cheste...

About a year ago I was driving through the the small neighboring town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and on a side road along the railroad track was a building with a sign that read, “Chesterton Square.” It didn’t strike me as unusual – that is a common enough name in an...

Whatever Isn’t...

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart to heart...

If Saints Were Super...

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but...

Merry Digital Christ...

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are...

The Hidden Rebellion

Why would a successful producer with 16 years of high-level experience and an offer to become the lead production manager for one of the most prominent major global media outlets suddenly give his notice? It’s the same reason an award-winning director with a number of projects...

Lorenzo

Lorenzo, a contemporary opera about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, oozes with all the human drama that can be extracted from the life of the saint. Director Nonon Padilla dares potential viewers to come out of the theater with their eyes dry. The project was originally conceptualized as a movie...

Jesus, Welcome to My...

“Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to...

Shakespeare’s Nativi...

The works of William Shakespeare abound with the truths of the Catholic faith. Especially in his later plays (often called the “romances”), Shakespeare focuses his poetic imagination on the mysteries of grace, redemption, and resurrection. The results are surprising, strange, and...

Stabat Mater Doloros...

Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The celebration of Mary standing at the foot of the cross. The suffering mother of the suffering Servant. It also happened to be the date of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese women’s conference that I attended with some friends, where Scott...

Leaning Back

She leaned back into the soapy water, and we heard “whack!” as her head hit the side of the tub. Screaming ensued. Daddy swooped in, towel in hand, to scoop her up and carry her to her room. Her face, beet red, was still contorted with the ‘cry face’. Crying due to equal parts head...

God: He's In Yo...

Sex and money. In our abysmal Pre-cana class before getting married, we were told that sex and money are the top two things that newly-weds fight about. They then proceeded to skip over all the virtues and talk about the “love languages” and how those would help us avoid all the...

Don’t Judge Me! Jan17

Don’t Judge Me...

It is the unspoken religious show-stopper. More evil than all evils is this act. What you might ask? A definition is in order: to judge (verb): to make people feel squirmy; to disagree; short for Catholicism. Example: Sam was upset because Julie judged him and said his sweater didn’t...

New Nazareths

On my personal blog, Fumbling Toward Grace, I”ve taken an Advent blogging break in order to focus more on adequate spiritual preparation for Christmas, and to devote more time to the physical tasks I have to accomplish to make sure everyone has a peaceful, relaxing holiday. To keep with...

October Baby: Anothe...

This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby. “October Baby”...

You Are Autumn

Still I notice You when change begins, and I’m braced for colder winds I’ll offer thanks for what has been & what’s to come, You are autumn. - Nichole Nordeman It was early. Too early. Driving north with the sun rising slowly over the harvested fields. Fields that stood...

Good Wins

“Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the...

Relational Giving

There are 84 days until Christmas. Does that number fill you with dread thinking of all that has to be done? Joy at the thought of Our Lord’s arrival in splendor? Perhaps a bit of both? I am a planner. Usully by this point in the year, I have my annual Christmas spreadsheet up and...

Chicago Film Screeni...

Immaculée and Sean reveal that the secrets of Kibeho were not just for Rwanda, but for the whole world

One in Christ

One In Christ Sometimes I wonder how we got here. My husband and I. The cold, clear January day when we stood face to face and said fiat to what comes next was another lifetime ago. He and I are no longer the people we were on that day, but in no way diminished by this change. We are...

What Makeup Can’t Conceal Aug21

What Makeup Can̵...

  I was just looking for concealer.  I am a mom; under-eye circles are par for the course.  Running low, I snuck away for a few coveted moments alone at the mercedes-benz of makeup counters, Sephora.  A few minutes into my search and clearly in over my head, a woman with bright blue...